I've been running around and not focused fully on the news. But one thing that seems to be cropping up is how Republicans appear to be trying to tell voters that they're really, actually all for keeping pre-existing conditions in the health care bill -- despite voting 60 times for the past six years (or however many years...) to wipe out all of the Affordable Care Act AND despite 19 Republican state Attorney Generals bringing a lawsuit to make it all go away. And despite Mitch McConnell saying that depending on how the mid-term elections go, Republicans might want to revisit eliminating the Affordable Care Act yet again.
But yes, sure, they're all for it. Trump is all for it. All Republicans are all for it. Right.
The reality is that you can convince people of something they don't want to believe otherwise. To paraphrase Dorothy Parker's quip paraphrasing the old adage, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it think.
If people actually, really want to believe that the Republican Party is actually, really for keeping pre-existing conditions despite having voted against them 60 times and filing a lawsuit against them and despite Mitch McConnell saying he wants to cut it out if Republicans keep full control, then you simply won't be able to make them understand reality.
But if Republicans somehow do keep control of both houses of Congress and vote to eliminate pre-existing conditions, no whining is allowed or cries like a stuck pig that you didn't see this coming.
Reality has a way of making itself known.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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